Red Bull Art of Motion

These Art of Motion images will blow your mind

Check out these amazing shots from a surreal Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 on the island of Santorini.
By Oliver Schran

Bart van der Linden won the sixth annual Red Bull Art of Motion on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini.

His breathtaking array of gravity-defying freerunning tricks executed over the whitewashed roofs and ledges of Oia lifted the sport to new heights and demonstrated again that anyone with the skill can win in Santorini.

The Dutchman, who had competed in previous editions, entered the main event through the Selection Jam and the subsequent Onsite Qualifier leaving the pre-qualified favourites no chance, when he made the final cut on Saturday, October 1.

But the final contest result is only one part of Red Bull Art of Motion. It also represents an opportunity for the world's best freerunners to gather with like-minded people from around the world and enjoy the training before the event and various practice sessions all over the island.

The close-knit community uses this week in Greece to gather and celebrate the sport in one of the best natural environments you can find for freerunning.

Check out our gallery from a fabulous week of freerunning in Santorini below.

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Pedro Leon Gomez did not make the finals this time
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Pedro Leon Gomez
Pedro Leon Gomez did not make the finals this time Pedro Leon Gomez entered the competition via the online qualifier and had an impressive performance in Santorini, but the competition was on such a high level that the Spaniard missed the final cut. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Pamela Forster flippin' backwards
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Pamela Forster flippin' backwards
Pamela Forster flippin' backwards Pamela Forstner was one of the three female athletes competing in Santorini. The Austrian freerunner replaced the pre-qualifed Luci Romerg, who was unable to come to Greece this year. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Game On! Judges at the selection event
The judges of the Red Bull Art of Motion Selection Jam in Vlychada on the island of Santorini, Greece on September 28th, 2016.
Game On! Judges at the selection event © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Bart van der Linden in one of his final moves
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Bart van der Linden in one of his final moves
Bart van der Linden in one of his final moves Bart Van Der Linden won the competiton for the first time with a spectacular run in the final. The performance of the flying Dutchman included all the aspects the judges wanted to see in a perfect execution, winning by four points, ahead of Alfred Scott (USA). © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Pasha & DK discussing lines at the port session
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Pasha & DK discussing lines at the port session
Pasha & DK discussing lines at the port session Freerunning offers endless possibilities of what you can do with the environment, so it is never easy to make a decision what to try. Pavel 'Pasha Petkuns and Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis have a chat about it before the port session started. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Cory DeMeyers knows how to spin it
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Cory DeMeyers knows how to spin it
Cory DeMeyers knows how to spin it Cory Demeyers stepped in for the the pre-qualified Austrian Alex Schauer, who injured himself during Friday's practise. The former winner gave all, but it was not enough to move into the final to battle for top honours. The American impressed fans and judges anyhow with quite a few moves. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis surrounded by fans
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis surrounded by fans
Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis surrounded by fans Dimitris Kyrsanidis - known as 'DK' - had dominated the competition in recent years, but was unable to qualify for the final round at this year's edition. No matter what, the young Greek was still one of the most favoured freerunners for the local crowd in Santorini. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Nikita Teterev left a mark in Santorini
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Nikita Teterev left a mark in Santorini
Nikita Teterev left a mark in Santorini Nikita Teterev visited Santorini for the first time and made it to the main event through the on-site qualifier. The Russian freerunner surprised judges and fans with massive moves, but was unable to make the cut for the final six. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Lynn Jung enjoying Santorini upside down
Lynn Jung enjoying Santorini upside down
Lynn Jung enjoying Santorini upside down © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Nathan Weston battled his way up to the final
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Nathan Weston battled his way up to the final
Nathan Weston battled his way up to the final Nathan Weston was another newcomer at Red Bull Art of Motion 2016. The American took his chances with an impressive run at the Selection Jam and later at the Online Qualifer to even enter the final and finishing in sixth place. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Backflip into the sunset
Joey Adrian and Yoann Leroux backflip into the sunset at Red Bull Art of Motion
Backflip into the sunset Joey Adrian of the USA and Yoann Leroux enjoy freerunning in Santorini 'til the sun is gone. © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Pedro Gomez knows how to flip with style
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Pedro Gomez knows how to flip with style
Pedro Gomez knows how to flip with style Pedro Gomez fascinated the fans with big flips during his semi-final run. The Spainard better known is 'Phosky' is part of the Galizian Urban Project and competed for the third time in a row in Santorini. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
Dimitris knows the spots with the best view
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Dimitris knows the spots with the best view
Dimitris knows the spots with the best view As a local and two-time champ of Red Bull Art of Motion in Santorini, DK knows pretty much all the good spots with a perfect backdrop, which makes him the best guide in town for the freerunners. © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Calen Chan was the youngest competitor
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Calen Chan was the youngest competitor
Calen Chan was the youngest competitor Calen Chan pre-qualified for the main event with an impressive video at the Online-Qualifer and showed more then a few heavy tricks at only 19 years old. The American finished fourth overall in his first appearance. © Alex Grymanis/Red Bull Content Pool
Sometimes it's hard to believe the victory
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Bart Van Der Linden of Netherlands celebrates his first victory.
Sometimes it's hard to believe the victory Bart Van Der Linden of Netherlands celebrates his first victory during the award ceremony of the Red Bull Art of Motion on Santorini. The flying Dutchman entered the competition through the On-Site Qualifer and can't believe that he won it. © Alex Grymanis / Red Bull Content Pool
Land or water below... Does it matter when you fly
Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 - Local hero Dimitris "DK" Kyrsanidis
Land or water below... Does it matter when you fly Local hero Dimitris "DK" Kyrsanidis took his friends for a session to a port in Oia to give the freerunning in Satorini a different twist. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
The best 18 freerunners gathered before the event
The Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 freerunning contest finalists gather for a photo on the rooftops of Oia, Santorini, Greece in October 1, 2016
The best 18 freerunners gathered before the event Minutes before the Red Bull Art of Motion 2016, the top 18 freerunners of the world came together for a group photo. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Pedro Salgado going for it
Pedro Salgado makes a huge leap during the final of Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 in Oia, Santorini, Greece on October 1, 2016
Pedro Salgado going for it Pedro Salgado showed no fear during the final. The Portuguese freerunner impressed the fans and judges with big jumps and technical tricks, and finished in fifth place. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Pavel Petkuns stylin’ like a boss
Forerunner Pavel Petkuns competing at Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 in Oia, Santorini, Greece on October 1, 2016
Pavel Petkuns stylin’ like a boss It seemed that previous champion Pavel 'Pasha' Petkuns disappeared from the radar for a while, but we found out that the Latvian still can throw it down big time, and that he's working on a secret project in China. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
DK & Pasha at the Red Bull Art of Motion
DK & Pasha at the Red Bull Art of Motion
DK & Pasha at the Red Bull Art of Motion © Alex Grymanis / Red Bull Content Pool
Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis flipping backwards
Freerunner Dimitris Kyrsanidis competing at Red Bull Art of Motion 2016 in Oia, Santorini, Greece on October 1, 2016
Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis flipping backwards Local hero Dimitris Kyrsanidis has ruled the event for the past two years, but wasn't able to make it to the final in the sixth edition of the event. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
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